Learning About The Environment Meaningfully.

Filed Under (Environmental Pollution) by admin on 05-06-2010

The role of learning environment is as important as the geographical location where the person is growing. The richness of materials and expressive learning teaching seems conducive to an enriched orientation towards ecology. The abundance of nature and the time and space for free exploration is a useful learning mode. The natural surroundings are vital to sensitized observation making environment awareness a natural learning from indigenous experiences.

This has to be achieved through frequent visits to the park, zoo supplemented with good literature. A rich exposure to the wealth of nature and innovative teaching learning modes enables all to be environmentally sensitive. In the absence of abundance of nature, the familiarity with the flora and fauna and cycles of nature has to be created through awareness of books and other forms of simulated experiences.

A persons learning has to be meaningful also. With the wide range of living habitats and life patterns the education for conservation and protection of the environment needs a contextual curriculum. The environment education has to be in relation with the local flora and fauna along with child-friendly methods. The relationship between classroom learning and the experiences the children encounter has to be meaningful.

A child has a different agenda as for him pollution and congestion has no real meaning. Generating a love for this essence of nature by concrete exercises such as group visits with an excitement for identifying stars would provide a child stimulating encounters with nature. Discoveries of a few of nature’s secrets would be enough to initiate a child- environment relation.

When people live in close proximity with of nature, the free time and the space and the flexibility in interactions across ages facilitates children’s natural adventures with the many phenomena in nature. Humanity is not alone and the earth is one of the issues of the environment movement. Scientific breakthrough with the power of being able to control and create, giving a short lived vision for success. Technology and scientific knowledge are not a replacement for the wonder of nature; this progress is a mode to unravel the wonder of nature and not to tamper with the rhythms and cycles.

Above all by learning about the environment meaningfully it would be half the battle won for laying the foundation for continued ecological sensitivity. It is the oneness with the earth that would harness people to revere the bounty of nature.

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